Monday, July 25, 2011

EDITORIAL: What Happened to the Republic?

By Christina Fermin
Politics & Society Columnist

I recently took interest in reading our wonderful Constitution of the united States of America and took note of a fact, right there in Article 4, Section 4 in plain text “The united States shall guarantee to every State in the Union a Republican form of Government....” How interesting, especially since school, government and the mediai have always taught that we are a Democratic-Republican form of government. More recently, we are a “Democracy,” so much so that we have to gone to other countries and spread (cough/forced) this democracy onto others. So how have we so silently gone from Republican to Democratic-Republic to Democracy?

One of our founding fathers, John Adams warned us, he once said “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” Aside from John Adams, Thomas Jefferson even said, “A democracy is nothing more than a mob rule, where fifty-one percent may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” What were our founding fathers warning us about? It seems to me, during my investigation, while the difference between a Republican form of government and a Democracy are minor, the one main difference make all the difference in the world.

A Democracy is ruled by a majority period, a Republic controls the majority to protect the rights of the individuals sovereign unalienable rights given to by a Constitution therefore protecting the minority. In short, a Democracy is ruled by a vote, while a Republic is ruled by laws and a Constitution. These are two very different forms of government; why is that television, school, and our current government are so unanimously promoting democracy while right there in our Constitution it says ‘every state shall guarantee a Republican form of government.’ As Thomas Jefferson indicated, a democracy is really nothing more than a mob rule.

Today our “democracy” has very much turned into a plutocracy (mob rule). Today we are ruled openly by a very powerful elite group of people. In 2005 Citigroup release a memo, popularized by Michael Moore titled : “Revisiting Plutonomy: The Rich Getting Richer,” the document has become difficult to track down on the internet, but I was able to get a copy of it here ( It goes on about income disparity and how they believe the wealthy will continue to get richer, and that Consumer Finance data indicate “the rich continue to be in great shape. We thought this was good time to bang the drum on plutonomy.”

Wow! As they boast about victory being achieved at the top for plutocratic rule. This is disturbing, and you as the individual not apart of this plutocratic rule should be very worried and see how in danger our great nation really is. While the media tried getting your attention on terrorists and what is happening beyond the borders, what we should really fear is the very men and women who sit in D.C. claiming to be our representatives. Claiming to protect and serve the rights of the people and uphold the Constitution of the united States of America, meanwhile receiving large sums of money and donations from corporations and very powerful individuals to serve their interests.

As “secret” meetings are being conducted without the invite of the media or the people, (i.e. Bilderberg group and Bohemian grove). Who are these plutocrats? What are they discussing? What are their motives and do they at all take our interests into those meetings? Or are we mere sheep and cattle, a number, producers of labor for profit? These are the questions that need to be raised, these are the people who need the attention of the media to answer to the people. We the people are suffering, will you take a stand, will you demand for accountability, will you demand for real transparency? Will you fight for the Republic that was created for free peoples, or will you allow the Plutocratic rule that we have seen take shape more recently creep further into your government, your schools, your healthcare, your religion, your internet and your home? I think not.

Peace & Harmony,

About the Columnist
With a bachelors degree in political science from Florida Atlantic University, Christina Fermin has always cultivated her love for history, politics, sociology, ancient knowledge and teachings, the outdoors, the ocean and the environment. Christina strives to make our world better by helping us all create a new reality and understanding of all taking place here and now.


I find it interesting that Senators used to be appointed by State Governors to represent the Interests of the States, to keep the Federal Government from Usurping too much power from them. Now they're popularly elected. I wonder if with Harry Reid receiving over 90% of his campaign contributions from outside his home State, is he really in Washington to represent HIS State's best interests?

I think it was Tytler who said,
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years."
Sound familiar?
I remember my Middle School history teacher telling me about that quote, (I'm 44) but it seems to me that these days, as you've pointed out, everyone is shouting DEMOCRACY, DEMOCRACY, DEMOCRACY!!!

You're right, and just as we've moved closer and closer to a Democratic way of government we've begun to be ripped apart. Minor disagreements are now treated as blasphemy. Dissenting voices are not "Idiots and Morons", we're even told by SCIENTISTS, no less that "The Debate is over".

Look at the Bailouts, they're nothing more than robbing from the POOR to give to the rich. Who benefited from the Bailouts? You and me or giant corporations like Citibank, GE and GM?

This is the reason why we need to band together and get rid of the Power Brokers in Washington. Here's their game;

They increase taxes beyond anything reasonable, but make sure not to touch 51% of the Populace. It's why the Bottom half of the populace pays no income taxes, and most even get their Social Security and Medicare payments refunded. Do you think a family making $40,000.00 per year should not only pay ZERO income taxes, but in addition, get an Earned Income Credit (of their Social Security Payments) refunded? What happened to "Everyone should have skin in the game"?

Think about it, was it EVER reasonable for us to have a 90% tax rate??? Even with today's lower rates, is 1/3rd to 1/2 reasonable? Even GOD only asks for 10%, but these men envision themselves as greater than Gods.
Now with their confiscatory policies in place, they then go on to hold business hostage and extract a price. If they were to support the "Correct" politician, they will write a loophole to escape the confiscatory policies they've written into law for the rest of us.
So the small business man with 10 employees making $250,000.00 a year, is punished, so the politicians can give GE, a Multi-Billion Dollar company a tax break to where they pay no taxes. The Small business man's taxes being at least a Third and higher in certain states, now can't provide Health Insurance or give raises to his employees because of the combined tax and regulatory burdens that take up nearly half his income.
The HONEST wealthy, have to pay for the dishonest. The Honest Capitalist have to pay for the dishonest capitalist and as the growing burden from Washington get's ever greater, the only ones who survive are the dishonest, the crooked and those who are "In" with the "Correct" politicians.


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